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Labyrinth Cafe 2018-19 Season
Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 7:30 p.m.
Cliff Eberhardt (with special guest Louise Mosrie)
Red House recording artist Cliff Eberhardt knew by age seven that he was going to be a singer and songwriter. As a child, Cliff taught himself to play guitar, piano, bass and drums. In his teens Eberhardt was fortunate enough to live close to the Main Point (one of the best folk clubs on the East Coast), and he cut his teeth listening to the likes of James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bonnie Raitt, and Mississippi John Hurt, receiving an early and impressive tutorial in acoustic music. At the same time, he was also listening to great pop songwriters like Cole Porter, the Gershwins, and Rodgers and Hart, which explains his penchant for great melodies and clever lyrical twists. A driving force of the Greenwich Village New Folk movement and well known among his peers, Cliff’s songs have been covered by the likes of Richie Havens, Buffy St. Marie, Erasure, and the folk superstar band Cry, Cry, Cry (Dar Williams, Richard Shindell, Lucy Kaplansky). "Eberhardt is one of the most original songsmiths currently on tour, a highly intelligent and articulate artist whose penetrating and profound lyrics are sometimes overshadowed by his extraordinary guitar playing. Upon close listening, the Philadelphia-born singer's gift for the English language is abundantly clear. The words that tumble from his mouth are framed by a raspy yet deeply elegant voice" ~ Folk Music Society of Huntington New York
"Seeing and hearing Louise Mosrie perform her eclectic mix of folk and English pop is like having a good friend sit down in your living room to play guitar and sing: The beer is cold, the room is lit by candles and there's something ethereal about her sweet voice." ~ Steve Wildsmith, The Daily Times
Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 7:30 p.m.
Grant Peeples and Nick Annis
“I’m a vegetarian that watches NASCAR, a tree-hugger that keeps a gun under the seat.”– Grant Peeples Dubbed a “guitar-slinging poet” by Music News Nashville. A voice No Depression says “sounds like a ’57 Chevy with glass mufflers…” Songs that Routes & Branches deemed “smart, strong lyrics that mean something, and say it in a way that you haven’t heard before.” This finger-in-your-eye styled songwriter and 7th generation Floridian is a former expatriate. He spent 11 years on a tiny island off the coast of Nicaragua, where he installed the island’s first flushing toilet. He returned in 2006 to a very different homeland. Much of his songwriting is a response to what he found when he returned.
Drilling for oil in the Midwest. Selling ice cream from a truck. Running a bakery. Starting points for just a few stories Nick Annis deftly weaves between and through song and performance banter. One man medicine show? Itinerant philosopher? Nick Annis is an award-winning songwriter, but he is also admired by folk fans for the storytelling talent that makes his performances so memorable. Audiences return to hear him deliver spoken word pieces in the style of brilliant songwriter/storytellers like Gamble Rogers, John McCutcheon and Dave Carter. Drawing on his diverse background and Greek roots, Nick crafts “true” stories and timeless accounts of humanity.
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 7:30 p.m.
75th Birthday Tribute: A Celebration of Joni Mitchell!
with Jennings & Keller and Friends
Joni Mitchell, one of the most beloved as well as talented singer-songwriters of all time, turns 75 on November 7, 2018 and, despite recent health issues, remains omnipresent. A new biography by author David Yaffe earned a fawning review in the New Yorker. In 2017, her 1971 masterpiece Blue topped NPR’s 150 Greatest Albums by Women. Photos of the icon backstage at James Taylor’s recent Hollywood Bowl performance circulated widely on Facebook. All this, despite the fact that Mitchell’s last recording was over 10 years ago and she hasn’t performed in longer.
Mitchell, who suffered a brain aneurysm in early 2015, still ranks as the poet laureate of the 1960s singer-songwriters. Over more than three decades, the multiple Grammy winner molded contemporary folk with elements of rock, jazz and world music into a sophisticated and peerless sound. Her canon of work is more relevant today than ever. Writing for NPR, music critic Ann Powers said that “after nearly fifty years Blue remains the clearest and most animated musical map to the new world that women traced, sometimes invisibly, within their daily lives in the aftermath of the utopian, dream-crushing 1960s.”
Please join us for an unforgettable evening of Joni Mitchell classics, featuring Jennings & Keller and other amazing musicians!
Jennings & Keller is Laurie Jennings Oudin and Dana Keller, an acoustic duo based out of Miami, Florida. They bring a wealth of experience to their collaboration, from the Broadway musicals of New York to the honky-tonks of West Texas. Their music is called "Fusion Folk Americana' - a blend of many different elements that comes from their vast and wide-ranging musical backgrounds Laurie Jennings Oudin is well-known as the former proprietress of The Main Street Cafe, which was viewed across the country as the premier acoustic music venue in Florida. A former Shakespearean actress, Laurie has been a singer and songwriter for many years. Since the cafe's close in June 2006, she has been devoting her time to her musical career with Dana Keller, a veteran pedal steel, dobro, and guitar player who has spent years performing on stage or in the studio with such luminaries as Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Stevie Wonder, Larry Graham, Marvin Gaye, Dave Mason, Johnny Rodriguez and The Allen Brothers, to name a few. The synergy created from these two diverse talents is not easy to define, but will leave a lasting impression on all who listen.